Today we are looking a a large and detailed WordPress theme called WPStore which is designed to let you build many different types of eCommerce store, utilizing the WooCommerce plugin and shipping with some additional plugins such as Layer Slider and Visual Composer which lets you build custom pages in a visual interface. It comes with 10 different pre-designed homepages to choose from and also lets you customize and build your own from scratch using a vast array of (49) different shortcode options.
WPStore is available from ThemeForest for $58 which allows you to run the theme on one website.
WPStore is packed full of features as it designed you let you build highly customized websites - it includes 10 pre-defined homepage layouts for different niches which you can use as a starting point for customizing your store. Here I have picked out a few of the stand-out features:
- 10+ Homepage layouts: Fashion Store, Women Store, Minimalist Perfume Store, Category Look Book, Jewelry Store, Men’s Store, Product Portfolio, Minimalist Product
- Use 49+ ready to use shortcodes and Visual Composer
- 5+ Blog layouts
- Boxed and wide page layouts
- 6+ header styles with sticky header option for all
- Complete WooCommerce and PayPal integration
- Right to Left (RTL) language support.
- 15+ AJAX-based loader styles
- Full collection of simple Line icons and fonts
- Newsletter popup powered with MailChimp
- Single-click color scheme definer plugin. Define unlimited color schemes
- Powerful mega menu builder
Once you have activated the theme, you will see a notice prompting you to install some required plugins - Layer Slider, Visual Composer, WPStore Custom Plugin and WooCommerce. You can install these in bulk by ticking all the boxes:
Once you have your plugins installed, the easiest way to get your site setup is to use the "Demo Installation" option which is located in the theme options panel. Simply visit "Appearance" > "Theme Options" and locate the Demo Installation link and click the "Import Demo Settings" button.
Once this has finished, you will see the import process has added a menu, several different homepages for niche stores such as Jewelry shop, Mens Store, Fashion Store and so on. To set one of these as your homepage you can visit "Settings" > "Reading" and set one as a static homepage. There are also several different types of blog pages which you can choose.
To begin customizing your site, visit one of the pages you chose to use for your homepage and you will see it contains a lot of shortcodes which were setup for the Visual Composer :
You can click the "Frontend Editor" button to begin customizing the page. Each element can be clicked on, dragged around and customized as you see fit.
The Theme options panel contains all the settings you can tweak which will apply site-wide. "General Settings" allows you to choose a color scheme from the built-in examples or you can create a custom one. You can choose a dark or light layout, an Ajax loader if required and a boxed or wide layout.
The Header settings tab lets you choose from a lot of options to customise your site-wide header. There are 5 styles to choose from and you can toggle on or off a number of options such as wishlist, signin area, product search filter and so on.
Blog Settings is where you can tweak your blog options such as type of layout to use, grid or list view, show comment counts, read more button and so on. You can set different options for search pages, author pages, single page and 404 pages.
Once you have setup all the available options in the options panel, you can being constructing any sliders required by visiting the "Layer Slider" menu. You can create them from scratch or import one of 3 demos to get you started.
Testimonials are added via another menu item which uses custom post types to add them.
WPStore has a built-in deals section also, you can choose products to add as deals with a start and end date and a percentage off, you can add as many products and as many deals as you like.
How The Theme Looks
To have an in-depth look at whats possible with this theme, I recommend you take a look at the demo site located here. Or check out the marketing site located here which covers all the features in detail.
Main homepage with dropdown showing different available homepages:
Minimalist Perfume Store:
Deals Listing Page:
This is a hugely detailed theme, packing in a large amount of features, options and plugins which will allow you to create many different types of layouts and website options. The setup is fairly simple, it definitely needs the auto demo installation feature which should help you get to grips with how it is constructed and begin customizing for your needs, it's a shame that the demo import doesn't add the images from the demo site though - the images imported are all blanks.
This is not a theme for novices - to get the most out of it you will need to spend some time learning how things are set up and the sheer array of options could be overwhelming for some. It does have some good online documentation to walk you through the setup of different features however and support is included should you need it.
Check out WPStore if you are looking for a very comprehensive theme framework to build custom and attractive online stores, jam-packed with a lot features.